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Vitamin B6 and Fertility

on Sep 01, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Vitamin B6 and Fertility

Find out all the ways Vitamin B6 can assist fertility, from lengthening luteal phase to increasing cervical mucus, and how to increase the Vitamin B6 in your diet.

Vitamin B6 and fertility. A quick web search will show you tons of results on both sides of the spectrum. Some people say it is a great help to conceiving, and still others do not agree. Today we are going to further explore the issue and tell you what you need to know about Vitamin B6 and fertility. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How Vitamin B6 helps fertility

In case you didn’t know, Vitamin B6 is one of the most important vitamins for conceiving and fertility because it helps to regulate your hormones. Consuming Vitamin B6 can also help to lengthen your luteal phase of your cycle if you suffer from luteal phase defect. Still more women are convinced that Vitamin B6 can increase cervical mucus, which can help in conception. If you aren’t getting enough Vitamin B6, it can affect you in many ways. Your menstrual cycle can be irregular, and it can also lead to poor egg and sperm development.

How much Vitamin B6?

Most doctors recommend that you consume between 100-200 mg of Vitamin B6 per day. While this might not sound like a huge amount, it can be hard to achieve this amount through foods alone, and you might need a supplement. If you do not want to use a supplement, however, you can try to eat some of the following:

Avocodo
Spinach
Potatoes
Wild Caught Fish
Grassfed Meats
Eggs
Whole Grains
Legumes

Just like Folic Acid, Vitamin B6 is water soluble. That means that it doesn’t stay in your body too long, and you either need to make sure to eat enough of it or take a supplement each day. When eating to try to get enough Vitamin B6, you need to try to leave the food as close to its “whole” or “natural” state as possible. The reason for this? When cooking foods that contain Vitamin B6, up to 90% of the vitamins can be lost during the cooking process. If you are going to take a supplement, you should choose one that is a B-Complex instead of just Vitamin B6 Supplement. This is because the B Vitamins are better absorbed together, than alone.

Lifestyle choices that use up Vitamin B6

There are also things we do in our daily lives and lifestyle choices that cause our bodies to use up the Vitamin B6 that we have stored. These things can include:

Smoking
Caffeine Consumption
Taking Hormone Pills
Eating too many refined sugars
Eating too many processed foods
Eating too much protein
Eating too many refined bread products

By cutting out the things above, you can help your body to hold onto the Vitamin B6 that it has in your body. If you are trying to conceive, pay attention to the amount of B6 that you are putting into your body. Talk with your doctor if you need help deciding on a plan that is right for you!

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • panyawatkins

    I been trying to get pregnant for 3 yrs and nothing ,but When I wasn’t trying I started taking birth control and when I stopped I only get my period once a year. I already have one child and I gave birth in 2007. So is it possible that I can’t have any more children?

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  • PattyCakes

    ive been haveing trouble getting pregnant for 1yr and 1 month now me and my bf have sex in regular daily basis but i also have irregular period any suggestions that will help me get pregnant fast and easier? please and ty

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    It may take time to get pregnant after birth control, but there is no question that you still can. Your body needs time to adjust once the hormones from birth control is out of your system. The time period is different for every woman for their cycles to return to its pre-birth control state, ranging from a couple of weeks to 3 months. If it is taking too long for your period to arrive, take a home pregnancy test. Some women can get pregnant right after cessation of birth control. It is also best to see your doctor to properly address this issue.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Having irregular periods can pose a difficulty in conceiving because pinpointing when you ovulate can be tricky. Tracking your cycles can help you determine better when you ovulate, after which you can time intercourse on your fertile days for you to get pregnant. Having a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress, can help regularize your periods, therefore increasing your fertility. It is also recommended that you see your doctor for a preconception visit to help you determine your condition and consequently, the appropriate treatment options you may need.

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  • lovesherhubby

    Hi there!  My husband and I have been TTC for two months now.  I have a short cycle, usually only 22-24 days and found that I am ovulating pretty late…OPK’s are positive around day 12-14.  It sounds like a Luteal Phase Defect so I started taking 50mg of B6 on about day 3 of my current cycle and my period has lasted 7 days & was unusually heavy & very long, my AF lasts only about 4-5 days max.  Was thinking it was either a miscarrage or from the vitamin B6.  Any ideas on what happened or should I just go to my OBGYN?  Appreciate your opinion!!

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

     Vitamin B6 helps with balancing of your hormones involved in your menstrual cycle and used to alleviate symptoms of PMS and also lengthening your luteal phase but there are no studies that suggest that vitamin B6 can cause heavy flow so it would be best to visit your OB and have yourself checked. Symptoms of miscarriage involve cramping, back and abdominal bleeding and passing clots. If you have experienced this then it is possible you had a miscarriage.

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  • Nia Huws

    Hi I have been trying to conceive for over a year I am 36 next month.  I have one child born in 2008. I have a very irregular period from 32 days to 44 days!.  I recently found out that i have a luteal phase defect (8 days).  So through doing some internet enquires I saw that taking vitamin B6 could help lengthen it.  I have been taking 100mg of vit B6 along with pregnacare conception (which has 10mg of vitamin B6 too) for two months now. It didnt lengthen my luteal phase in the first month.  This month I have had a lot of cervial mucas (which is normal for me, its a stretchy jelly like mucas which turned more watery and went egg white colour).  I have not had any pain this month like I normally get when ovulating,  and i did not show sign of ovulation on my clearblue fertility monitor (although i did miss one day of reading, but didnt think I ovulated that day because i didnt have that pain i normally get)  do you thinkg im taking too much vitamin B6? would that stop ovulation? or is it possible i ovulated the day i missed with clearblue, and that taking the vitamin B6 has stopped my ovulation pain is more likely? i have had a consulation with my doctor who advised me to continue taking vitamin B6 but didnt tell me how much and she has referred me to a consultant at the hospital but i have yet to have an appointment! Im just concerend that maybe i havent ovulated this month (as i normally ovualte every month) or is the mucas a strong indicator that i did ovulate and that taking the vitamin B6 has stopped my ovulation pain.  Please help its all driving me up the wall!!

    thanks so much

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  • Summie

    is vitamin k adviced for one trying to conceive.

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  • Ncuster08

    I have a short 23-25 day cycle and I just started temping and did my first opk and both ae showing I am ovulating around day 13-14. I am thinking I may have a leutal phase issue. Is it ok to just start vitamin b5 without talking to my doctor first?? I have an appointment next week but just ovulated so if it would help I’d like to start right away!!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/favour.n.anih Favour Nkiru Anih

    can you take vitamin B6 and Folic acid together?

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    If you are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to get pregnant you may consult to your doctor since these drugs may interact with some medical conditions. There are reasons not to take these vitamins, first: if you have allergies with any ingredient of folic acid with Vit.B6 and B12 or if you are taking Levodopa- a medicine to treat Parkinson’s disease and DRD (Dopamine-Responsive Dystonia). Use folic acid with Vit. B6 as directed by your physician, you can take it with or without food. Always check the label for proper dosing.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    If you are trying to get pregnant you can take multivitamins that include Vit.A, Vit.B6, Vit.B12, Vitamins C, D, E, K, Folic acid, Niacin, Vit. B1, B2, Calcium, Iodine, iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Zinc. These vitamins and minerals are very important in the development of the brain of the baby and for bone structure. These multivitamin is safe to take even before getting pregnant. Taking vitamin K while pregnant is safe but do not take a higher dose than what was your doctor’s prescription. On the other hand, Vitamin K is said to be very effective in treating and preventing Vit.K deficiency as well as preventing blood clot problems.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Since Vitamin B5 is a safe dietary supplement and has no adverse effects, I do recommend you to start taking it. Vitamin B5 is a water-soluble vitamin, and should be taken properly in recommended amounts (5-10 mg/day).

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Since many cases have shown that vitamin B-6 may delay ovulation cycles, there is a high probability that your ovulation period may have become irregular. It is best that you continue taking B6 vitamins, because it is proven to lengthen the luteal phase of women thus, increasing your chances of conception during ovulation.

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  • Shell

    We are just starting te process and wanted to gives us every chance possible. Would it be a good idea to go ahead and start taking vitamin b6 Also have heard that it will also delay menstration. Was wondering If this is true and how long b6 could delay it. Thanks for your help.

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  • Endooooo

    I have been TTC for 4 years now. Have endometriosis and low progestrone. I started Bcomplex 100 mg on 16th cycle day of my last cycle and continued for next cycle too. Total I took it for 1 and half cycle. Now my current cycle was 2 days late. And first two days were ok by bleeding slow down at noticeable quantity only on 3rd day and its my 4th day and it seems I m free of bleeding now. My cycles were always regular with 7 days periods. I took B complex to stop PMS and mid cycle brown spottings that i get due to endo. Is this mean I have done harm to my ownself by taking b complex?? and will i ever ovulate this current cycle. I have stopped taking b complex from this cycle. Please help.

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  • Littlehayes

    Can taking fertily vitamins stop you from having periods ?

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Fertility vitamins do not stop you from getting your period. In fact, most of them, keeps your periods regular. Fertility vitamins boost your reproductive health to increase your chances of conceiving and regular periods are one good sign of a healthy reproductive system.

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  • nic

    My husband and I have been TTC for 10 months now. My cycles are between 27 and 30days and I have been using b6 for 4 months and wondered if it could stop my ovulation? And roughly what cds do you think I ovulate with that cycle length?

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  • barbie

    My husband & i have been ttc for five months with no luck. I have a short cycle & heard that b6 could help regulate it. We conceived after one month! My neighbor had the same issue & also conceived after taking b6.

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  • HopetobePG

    What vitamin can I take to start the bleeding process? I had to take more antibodies for infections and was wondering if it had killed the fertility vitamins for this last month and this month. I am late for my cycle. I am 42 days and had been 33 days every month on this vitamins. So what can I do to help get back on track?

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  • ForestMommy

    I read this article at the beginning of my last cycle so I started taking 50mg of vitamin b6 to try to fix a short luteal phase so that I can try to get pregnant again. I eat a very healthy balanced whole foods diet (also no dairy or gluten due to food sensitivities), I walk everyday and I have a very healthy BMI. I currently breastfeed my 12 month old son twice per day. My first postpartum luteal phase was five days, which I believe was so short because I was breastfeeding four times per day. This last one (the second one)
    was ten days, which is what it was before I got pregnant. I understand 10 days is on the short end, which may explain why it took so long to conceive the first time. I also ovulated on cycle day 17 last time, which is much later than my usual 14 day. I am currently on the fifth day of my period (which was very very heavy) and my temperature has not dropped. It is still 98.4. I just took another pregnancy test and it was still negative. My body seems to be making too much progesterone now. Is a slow fall temp a normal occurrence when taking b6? How does this affect my fertility? Should I stop taking b6? Thank you in advance for your response.

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  • Nanda Dozier

    I’ve been taking 10 grams of vitamin B5 per day for over a year now. It really helps keeping my face clear from acne. If I don’t take it for a day or two my acne comes back. But now I am trying to have a baby and I was wondering if taking that much vitamin b5 per day will give me any problems trying to conceive. I’m scared of stop taking it because my acne will come back, but I also don’t want to keep taking it if it will be bad when trying to conceive or even affect the baby. Please help.

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  • AmmieLynn

    Hi, just wondering if B6 is safe to take every day. My husband and I are TTC #1 and I read good things about the vitamin. Are there certain days you are suppose to take it on, or is it safe to take every day (that is what I’m currently doing). Thanks

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  • hana

    MY period is not coming in time could really b6 will help meso i will be after that have agood chance to get pregnant by GOD WILLING

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